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Ingredients / Re: Adding Banana Ice Cubes
« on: May 27, 2016, 07:18:09 AM »
You are right that freezing breaks up the fruit to allow it to more easily give flavor to the beer. I would not suggest putting them into the beer frozen, because the temperature will drop and slow down fermentation. You should probably let them thaw first.

Is it a very hoppy beer? I find hopped wort to taste pretty unpleasant. The hop bitterness usually seems very harsh and aggressive, even in beers that have lots of late hops but not a ton of bitterness.

Beer Recipes / Re: Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Saison?
« on: May 22, 2016, 08:06:52 AM »
I'd also be worried about cleaning the barrel after a primary fermentation.

I wonder what the farmers in Belgium did?  That is really the question that encompasses all these questions.  Or maybe the answer that answers them... whatever.  Regardless, I am not worried about reusing the barrel.  My plan is to turn it into an end table in my future bar shed/man cave.

Oh, I didn't realize this was going to be the last time you use the barrel. Well I guess just go for it then.

Have you thought about the grain bill? Golden Promise will work great.  If you are going for authentic, you should probably find some unmalted local grain to throw in there. I live on the west end of the Palouse so it's pretty easy to find wheat, but rye, oats, spelt, triticale can all be found in my local health food store.

Beer Recipes / Re: Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Saison?
« on: May 21, 2016, 09:01:01 PM »
I'd also be worried about cleaning the barrel after a primary fermentation.

Beer Recipes / Re: Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Saison?
« on: May 21, 2016, 04:09:25 PM »
I'm not sure I would want the whiskey flavor in my Saison.

As far as the 8 gallon barrel, just brew enough to fill two fermenters. Then you can keg off a couple of gallons and let the rest age in the barrel.

I have used some of that aluminum-backed, bubble-wrap insulation as a floating cover on my mashes for over a decade. I originally employed it as an insulator to help retain heat, but it also serves to isolate from atmospheric contact. Was I ahead of my time??

I've used that as a lid for my mash tun, but over time I've noticed the moisture deforms the product. How does your floating cover look after a decade?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Iodine vs Starsan
« on: May 14, 2016, 06:10:58 PM »
Thanks to Saccharomyces I have switched to iodophor. I usually  do a quick star san rinse to make sure the is no off flavor from the iodophor.

Beer Recipes / Re: British Ordinary Bitter critique & suggestions
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:26:07 PM »
I have to disagree with a British Bitter beer being yeast driven. For me, a Bitter is just about the perfect balance of malt, hops, and yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Portland search
« on: May 09, 2016, 08:09:11 AM »
Breakside is a little out of the way, but has great beer. As already mentioned Cascade and The Commons shouldn't be missed - they are across the street from each other.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Faucet Wrench
« on: April 21, 2016, 07:20:38 AM »
I would get one that has a hex nut wrench as well as a spanner.
What's the hex side for?

It tightens the large hex nut on the inside of the kegerator. The nut secures the faucet to the shank, otherwise when you spin the faucet with your faucet wrench, the shank will just spin around too.

Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:08:02 PM »
If the public domain hops really were as good as the private ones then they would flourish in the free market, right?

Hops get hot because they offer aromas that are unique and help sell beer. Hopefully the growers can keep up with demand.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruity aroma to a pale ale
« on: April 09, 2016, 05:25:53 PM »
The hops you used are fruity. How much did you put in?

All Grain Brewing / Re: getting rid of clorine
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:57:57 AM »
I've always found that heating up the strike water the night before drives off the chlorine - I don't live in Milwaukee though, so it might not work for you.

Equipment and Software / Re: steam step mashing
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:27:07 AM »
Is the hose food grade?

Beer Recipes / Re: simple recipe for yeast experiment
« on: March 26, 2016, 07:23:54 AM »
I like to use2/3 pilsner 1/3 munich malt. About 1.042 O.G. and around 20 IBU noble-type hops. I add a moderate hop dose near the end of the boil for some aroma. This beer seems to work well with many different yeasts - and the lower gravity and lower hop dosage helps with getting a good crop of yeast at the end of fermentation.

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